The Windows update error can show up when the update files are corrupted or damaged during the download process. The error 0x80080008 is one of the update errors that Windows 10 users experience when they try to update. You can miss essential updates because of this error.

One of the common reasons to experience this error is because the Wups2.dll file, a part of the newer Windows 10 version, is not correctly installed or registered. The other reasons include conflict with antivirus programs, corrupted system files, and Windows update services issues.

Top 10 Solutions To Fix Error 0x80080008

Anyone can get rid of Windows 10 update error code 0x80080008 with the solutions given below. This error is just related to Windows update, thus making it easy to fix it.

1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows 10 can fix a lot many issues with your PC with its inbuilt troubleshooters. You can try to run the Windows Update troubleshooter to fix the error 0x80080008.

Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app and go to Update & Security. Click on the Troubleshoot from the left panel and then click on Additional troubleshooters.

Open Additional troubleshooters
Open Additional troubleshooters

Search and click on Windows Update. Click on the Run the troubleshooter button under Windows Update.

Run the Windows Update troubleshooter to fix error 0x80080008
Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

You can now follow the wizard on the screen to get rid of the Windows 10 update error.  

2. Disable Third-party Antivirus Software

The third-party antivirus software can sometimes conflict and damage Windows update files. You can disable the antivirus software on your PC temporarily and check if it fixes the Windows error 0x80080008.

Every antivirus program has a different way of disabling it, so you can check the manufacturer’s website to know how to disable your antivirus software correctly. If the error message vanishes after disabling the antivirus, you can find another software or get in touch with the support team regarding the issue.

3. Restart Windows Update Components

Sometimes, the Windows update components can cause trouble while updating Windows operating systems. You can simply restart all the related components and get rid of the issue.

Type cmd in the Start menu and click on Run as administrator for Command Prompt.

Open Command Prompt as administrator
Open Command Prompt as administrator

In the command prompt window, type the following commands one by one and hit Enter from the keyboard after every command to execute it.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

The above commands will also rename your SoftwareDistribution folder to SoftwareDistribution.old so that you can download the update again without any confusion. If your system drive is not C, you will have to change the letter C in the ren command to your system drive letter.  

After executing all the commands, check if you can update Windows without any errors.

4. Check Windows Update Service

If the Windows Update service is not running, you won’t be able to update Windows 10. You need to check the Windows Update service and tweak services settings according to the details given below. It will help you fix Windows 10 update issues.

You need to log in via an administrator account to make changes to this service.

Press Windows key + R to open Run and type services.msc there. Click OK to open the Services app.

Open Service via Run
Open Service via Run

Now, scroll down and search for Windows Update. When found, right-click on it and select Properties from the context menu.

Open Windows Update Properties  to fix error 0x80080008
Open Windows Update Properties

In the Properties window, stay on the General tab and change the Startup type to Automatic from the drop-down menu. Make sure the Service status is Running. If it is not running, click on the Start button to start the service.

Click on Apply and OK.

Check Windows Update service to fix error 0x80080008
Check Windows Update service

Close the Services app and check if the error 0x80080008 is fixed with this or not.

5. Perform SFC And DISM Scan

The corrupt system files are another reason you can experience a Windows update issue. You can use SFC (System File Checker), and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scans to fix the damaged system files. Even a single corrupted file can cause trouble.

Open Command Prompt with administrator privileges, and type in sfc /scannow command there. Press Enter key to execute it.

The command execution may take time, do not close the terminal in between. Once the sfc command is executed, execute the below command to fix the corrupted files that the SFC scan missed.  

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Execute the dism command to fix error 0x80080008
Execute the dism command

Once the dism command is also executed, reboot your computer and check if error 0x80080008 error is eliminated or not.

6. Restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

If the BITS service is not started, the Windows update will fail to complete. You need to start the BITS service and make some changes in this service’s recovery settings.

Open the Services app using the Run or Start menu. Now, search for Background Intelligent Transfer Service and double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

If the Background Intelligent Transfer Service is not running, click on Start.

Start BITS
Start BITS

Next, go to the Recovery tab, and set the First failure and Second failure option to Restart the service. Click on Apply and OK.

Make changes in Recovery settings
Make changes in Recovery settings

Now, check if you can proceed with Windows update without error.

7. Perform A Clean Boot

The third-party applications and services can sometimes cause Windows 10 update error 0x80080008. You can perform a clean boot to disable all third-party applications and services temporarily. This will also help you find the culprit that is causing the error.

Type msconfig in the Start menu and open System Configuration from the search results. Next, go to the Services tab and check the checkbox next to ‘Hide all Microsoft services.’

Click on the Disable all to disable the third-party services.

Disable third-party services
Disable third-party services

Now, go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager. You can click OK in the System Configuration window to close it.

Open Task Manager
Open Task Manager

Make sure you are in the Startup tab. Check the applications that are not required during startup; you can select them and click on the Disable button to disable them.

Disable applications from Task Manager
Disable applications from Task Manager

Close the Task Manager window and restart your computer. You can now try updating Windows again. If you are able to do it without errors, you can enable the services and applications one by one to find the troublemaker.

Finding the problematic application may take time, but you can get rid of error 0x80080008 permanently.

8. Re-register Wups2.dll File

As mentioned above, incorrect installation and registration of the Wups2.dll file can result in a Windows 10 update error. You can re-register the dll file using commands.

Launch the Command Prompt with administrator privileges and execute the below commands one by one there.

REGSVR32 WUPS2.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUPS.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUAUENG.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUAPI.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUCLTUX.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUWEBV.DLL /S
REGSVR32 JSCRIPT.DLL /S
REGSVR32 MSXML3.DLL /S

You can also make use of a batch file to execute the commands together. However, if you are not sure what batch files are, we recommend executing them one by one.

Once done, reboot your PC and check if the Windows update process can be done without any issues.

9. Update Windows Using Media Creation Tool

You can use Windows Media Creation Tool to update Windows without any errors. However, before proceeding with this way of updating Windows, make sure you download the updated version of the Media Creation Tool.  

After downloading the tool, launch it and select Upgrade this PC now. Click on Next.

Choose Upgrade this PC now
Choose Upgrade this PC now

On the next window, choose Download and install updates (recommended) and then click on Next. You can follow the onscreen instructions to complete the upgrade.

However, when you reach the Ready to install window, click on Change what to keep and then choose to keep personal files and apps.

Click on Next to complete the update installation.

10. Manually Download and Install Update

If nothing from above helps in fixing the error 0x80080008, you can manually download and install the update. You need to know the Knowledge Base (KB) number to download the right Windows updates for your PC.

To find the KB number, go to Settings ➜ Update & Security and click on Windows Update from the left frame.

You will now see the KB number of the update there.

Note down the KB number of the update
Note down the KB number of the update

In the browser, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website and enter the noted KB number in the search box.

From the list of updates, download the file.

Download the Update file
Download the Update file

Now, run the downloaded setup file to install the required update.

Conclusion

Windows 10 update error can prevent you from downloading and installing the update. It can be frustrating, as you cannot enjoy new features and fix the operating system bugs without installing the update. The error 0x80080008 is also one of the Windows update errors that can cause trouble while installing the update.

With the fixes mentioned above, you can get rid of the update error code 0x80080008 easily. If you want to update Windows without fixing the error, you can try doing it manually or use the Windows Media Creation tool. The simple and straightforward explanation makes it easy for anyone with little to no technical experience to fix the update error.